In all, 700 delegates from the southern States, Maharashtra, Orissa, West Bengal, and Bihar, along with surgeons from the U.S., the U.K., Egypt, and Oman will participate in the 8th Association of Otolaryngologists of India’s South Zone confernece and the 31{+s}{+t}AP State unit’s annual conference to be held in Vijayawada on Friday.

The theme of the conference is excellence in quality ORL-HNS practice.

The experts would discuss the new methods of treatment of vertigo, snoring, deafness and sinus diseases and cancer of head and neck, president of State and South Zone units S.K.E. Appa Rao informed here on Thursday.

Dr. Appa Rao said there was a need to upgrade the faculty in medical colleges by introducing super speciality courses in otology with a special focus on deafness management through training programmes in cochlear implant, middle ear implants, brainstem implants, and other causes for head and neck oncology, neuro-otology, skull-base surgery and allergy management.

He requested NTR University of Health Sciences to take steps in this direction.

According to him, though people would generally consider sight was valuable, hearing was the most special sense for the human being since a deaf person was cut off from the world. Deafness is noticed in 8-10 per cent of the country’s population, and is the second most common physical disability.

Speaker Nadendla Manohar would inaugurate the conference. Vice-Chancellor of NTR University of Health Sciences I.V. Rao would attend.

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